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DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway

Six years ago, I had my first Irish culture encounter.

Robert and I had just gotten engaged and hopped on a flight that summer so I could meet all of his relatives, the whole huge clan.

And…you guessed it…they’re Irish. From the moment I walked in the door to be greeted by his aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins, there was constant laughter, endless hugging, and so much love that exuded from every single one of them. This was family. An Irish family. And I immediately belonged, just like anyone does who is lucky enough to have a few happy Irish people in their lives.

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I’m so blessed to be surrounded by that sort of family love every day, and St. Paddy’s Day seemed like the perfect time to kick off a project I’d been meaning to do for months- a DIY Irish Blessing sign. (Two years ago I made a DIY map of Ireland, which you can find the tutorial for here.)

Supplies used:  (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

The best part, if all you have to buy is the wood, engineer print, stain, and Mod Podge, you can make this for about $40. I usually have Mod Podge and stain continuously in my stash, but maybe that’s just me and my crazy DIYness over here.

I had my quote printed onto an engineer print at Staples first. You can download your own free printable here that I made:

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It’s really nothing fancy to look at all on its own.

I rolled mine out on our kitchen table and cut on the black line to get rid of the excess paper since I wanted a long, sort of narrow sign. (Coasters apparently make great paper weights.)

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I wanted to age the paper since it was so very bright white, so I used my go-to paper aging method of brushing it with some brewed black tea and then let it dry. I used two bags of Luzianne black tea, but it probably doesn’t matter what brand you choose. (I did the same thing to Olivia’s DIY oversized sheet music signs.)

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For the wood part, Robert used our circular saw (bless… I’m always putting him to work) to cut the plywood to 48″x16″. He cut the 1x2s to the width of the plywood (48″), then cut two more pieces of the 1x2s for the sides, adding 2 inches to make them 18″ for the frame.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

I was a bad blogger y’all, and I didn’t photograph the next couple of steps (oops). I stained the 1×2 pieces with the Minwax Walnut and let them dry.

I brushed the Mod Podge onto the plywood to attach the engineer print to it. Start at one end and work in sections, smoothing the paper down and using an old credit card to press out any air bubbles as you work your way down the plywood to completely adhere the paper.

After the Mod Podge and stain is all dry, nail your 1x2s around the plywood to make a frame. You can see more details about that step here too. That’s it! Yay!

And hopefully, you can get a good idea of how to build it from the after:

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So now our entryway makes me want to do a little jig. Teehee!

I’m so excited to have this sweet blessing at the very front of our home to greet guests. And, truthfully, we usually need a blessing of our own as we walk in and out of the front door each day.

In case you notice, I have a touch-up spot of stain to get to on the bottom part of the sign since we had to trim it up. Keepin’ it real.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

Target is always out of these cute boxwood wreaths whenever I visit, so the last time when I saw one there, I snatched it right up. I’d make some myself if we actually had boxwood hedges in our yard. No such luck though.

When Robert’s parents visited Ireland last year, they picked up these tweed newsboy caps for us. Aren’t they cuuuute?

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

I finally replaced one of my Christmas pillow’s covers with this one from H&M.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

And more book bundles and IKEA plants because I put these little guys everywhere.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

This hallway of ours gets hardly any light and is very narrow, so it’s a bit tricky to photograph.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

This space has definitely come a long way in the past year.

Last spring, it looked like this:

hallway

Nowadays, it’s looking a little extra cheerful.

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You can read more about our entryway and foyer makeover process here and here if you’re new to our neck of the woods…well, suburbs.

By the way, since I get questions fairly often from you guys asking about paint sources and where I’ve bought our decor, I’ve written up a HUGE source list where you can find just about anything in our house. This thing was monstrous to round up, but I hope it will help y’all more easily find what you’re looking for.

Have you put any Irish-y green decor anywhere in your house lately? Or have you jumped ahead to Easter and full-out spring? We have a little bit of everything going on, and I love how much our house has come to life now.

Peace, love, and shamrocks to you, sweet friends!

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  1. Hi Lauren, I am transitioning to farmhouse and trying to learn some DIY projects so I don’t spend a fortune! I just ordered an engineering print from Staples using your quote. So very nice of you to share!! I want to make some more using different quotes, but not quite sure how to re-size in pic monkey. I don’t see that option. Do you have to be a paid member to do that? If I can figure that out, I think I’ll be able to do this! When you are resizing, are you making the size the same as the engineering print you will be using? Thanks so much! You are indeed talented. 🙂

    1. Hi, Nancy! So glad you love it! I’ve thought about writing a tutorial for how to make signs in Picmonkey, so you might have just inspired a post for me. 🙂 But, no, you don’t have to be a paid member for that. The paid membership just gives you access to a few more photo editing features and settings and more text options. You shouldn’t have to resize at all. The way I do it: I go to Picmonkey.com – scroll my mouse over the design button – click 4×6 or 8×10 – click apply for a white canvas color – click “text” and choose the font I want – click “add text” – type my wording and drag my placement on the white page – highlight the wording – adjust font size in the pop-up text box – and save at full resolution (no file resizing necessary). You want it to be at a fairly high resolution for a large engineer print so that it doesn’t look pixelated. From there, you should be able to just send off the file directly to Staples for them to print. If you want a long, skinny print like I made, I just clicked “overlay” (the butterfly icon), clicked “geometric”, and dragged a rectangle onto the page that I adjusted to become a thick line down the middle of my page, repositioned my text, and the line serves as a guide where I should cut the paper once it’s an engineer print. I wish I could give you more visuals than that. Hope that helps though!

    1. Hi Kelly! I’m sorry to say that I don’t. I highly doubt I’d be able to maintain this blog, my family, our house, and a shop all at once. Maybe one day…

  2. Okay so I just mod podged my engineer print onto the plywood. I had my husband hold the end as I worked my way down the paper with a credit card. The very beginning turned out good and then a little over half way down crinkles everywhere! And when I tried to smooth it out with the card it didn’t get rid of the bubble only squished the bubble into a line so I had crinkles bubbles and lines all over! How did you get it so smooth? Did you have crinkles and at all? Ugh it was so frustrating I had to throw it out and luckily I have extra plywood I am going to re-print and attempt this for the last time. Our sign is long and skinny semi like this one we worked from left to right. We can try top to bottom next time but not sure if it’ll make a huge difference. Any tips? Please help! Lol 🙁

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry, Lyndsey! We had a few little crinkles but they weren’t terrible (I just told myself eh… it’s added texture like antique paper). We had to work very very slowly as my husband held up the print and I pressed little by little with the credit card to smooth it out. It took quite a bit of patience. Slow and steady all the way. Hope it’s better for you in the second go-round. :/

      1. so i attempted this for the second time. there was still crinkles all over but i just went with it kept finishing and hung it on my wall anyway…aaaand i am so happy i did because i love it!!! you were right a few crinkles here and there just adds character and my husband loves it! thanks for all of your help and tips! now i am dying to take a great picture of it. i don’t have my own blog but i’d love to be able to take pictures and have them turn out great as if i did! so this brings me to a question…how do you get the pictures to look so professional and great?! your pictures look just like all the other bloggers (in a good way!) and i have always been sooooo curious on how to create that. like am i missing something that every body else knows? lol it never turns out the same with just my iphone camera (obviously) nor a fancy digital camera lol. i guess it depends on how expensive or fancy we’re talking. but i would love to know what the secret is! or if its simply just a specific kind of camera what kind do you recommend? can’t wait to hear back! thanks again Lauren! 🙂

  3. Hello I am actually in the process of creating this myself with a bible verse! I did have a question on the order of the steps. I went off both this blog and your “so you think you can dance” frame project too. In the music note project it looks like you hammered the frame to the plywood first then stained and mod podged the music note onto the already built frame. Is that correct? But on this blog it looks like you said to stain the wood pieces separate first and mod podge the print onto the plywood and THEN put the frame together…I will be building this in next couple of days and I am hoping to have an answer by then as to which is the best and easiest steps to create this. Thank you! And I LOVE this project I am so excited to see the finished result in my living room! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lyndsey! We made this Irish Blessing sign after we had done the sheet music one, and I ended up liking this process with the Irish sign better. It can be done either way, but the Irish way was a bit easier since I didn’t have to get the engineer print exact with the frame already made.

      1. great cant wait to get started tomorrow! thank you for your quick response and your amazing project!

  4. Hi! Love the wall! What is the darker paint color? I’ve bee. Searching for something similar with no luck. Usually the color is too gray or too yellow-beige. Thanks!

  5. Hi, I downloaded the one you made and uploaded it to staples. It looks on the example on the staples site that there is a lot of white around the quote does that seem right? I have been trying to make my own quote as well on pic monkey but cannot seem to size it right, when I go to resize picture do you have any suggestions on a size for a 24×36?

    Thank you so much in advance, I love this so much and cannot wait to try to make it!

    1. Yes, there will be a lot of white space. I wanted a longer, narrower sign, so I just used scissors to cut the print off at that black line in the middle. And then I marked and cut my plywood for the sign to those measurements with the wording on the engineer print.

  6. Hi Lauren, I love this so much!! Would you be able to do a blog on how to use pic monkey and then uploading it to Staples for the engineer print? I am having a lot of trouble with dimensions, or do you already have one? Thank you so much!

  7. I love this so much, I have been trying to figure out picmonkey and using a word document but I am having a lot of trouble. Do you have a blog on how to size it so that the quote is the size and placed correctly. Thank you so much in advance! P.S. I just came upon your blog and I love it!

  8. Hi~
    Love the sign! I would like to try and make one too. If you do the quote in Word, does it blow up in proportion? Doesn’t get distorted?

    Thanks for any tips!!

    1. Hi Dawn! I actually use Picmonkey.com to make mine. It’s totally free but the image size is really large, unlike Word. When you go to Picmonkey.com, just click the “Design” icon to create your printable from there. 🙂

  9. Hello,

    What if i want to create this very thing just with a different quote. How did you create the quote? Did you just use Word? If so, did you have to have it in the exact dimensions or was staples able to enlarge it for you? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Lyndsey! You can just design whatever quote you want in Picmonkey.com. On the main page of the site, click the “Design” icon, and you can add text on a blank image on the page it opens. It has a larger file size that way, whereas Word doesn’t. I had to resize mine in Picmonkey to be the size I needed for the dimensions of a Staples engineer print. Hope that helps!

  10. HI! I love this sign! My husband and I went to Ireland for our 5 year anniversary, 3 years ago next week. Ive been wanting to add a little something Irish into our decor, I think your sign is perfect!!! Im also wondering if you would tell me where your orb light is from? Its fantastic!!

  11. You have a beautiful home! Where did you get your bench and what do you call it? I have been looking for a church pew, but like your bench better!
    Thank you.
    Pam

    1. Thank you, Pam! We found that bench on Craigslist for $35! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve searched all over the internet for a similar one and haven’t found one for less than $400. It’s called a buckboard bench or wagon bench. Hope that helps in your search. 🙂

  12. Love that sign! Can I ask where you got that cute topiary tree that is in the galvanized bucket on the ground? Real or fake? I hope it’s fake because I have a black thumb ha!

    1. I’m right there with ya girl! Haha! I kill everything green. It’s fake. I got it at IKEA for $10 but I think they just recently discontinued them. The galvanized bucket is from Target.

      1. I am near New Orleans so no IKEA neaby – boo! I am missing out for sure ha! So glad I found your blog, it is my new favorite!! 🙂

  13. Omg! Thank you so much ch for this post! I love all the big quote signs and was always wondering how I could get one-never did I think I could make it!

    Love your hallway!

    1. Yay!!! So glad it’ll come in handy, Lisa! I’ve made a couple of these big signs now and they’re pretty easy.

  14. Love the sign! How did you make the file for the print? I am definitely making this one because of my Scots-Irish heritage (McGee is our family name!), but I would like to make another with a different quote. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  15. Your hallway looks great! Everything! I couldn’t tell from your post what you plan to do, but I’d leave it that way all year round. You could change a few little things for different holidays. Maybe the hats or pillow, but leave the sign!

    1. Thanks, Karen! Yes, I’m definitely leaving it like this year-round. The greenery will be changed out for fall colors and Christmas decor later, but the sign is staying for sure. 🙂

  16. Love your sign Lauren & your entry way . You have a beautiful home. I have been to the Kilkenny Music festival a couple of times. Every pub & venue has music on & everyone is so welcoming. It’s a great craic!! I find the Irish so warm & laid back & funny! And I love Guinness. Have a lovely weekend

    1. That sounds awesome! I’m dying to go! One day… We’ll be going to Savannah, GA in a few weeks and they have a couple of Irish pubs we plan to visit with live music. Maybe that will give me my fix until a trip to Ireland one day. Thanks for the love, Shirley!

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